Q&A wth Mike Mullins

How did you get involved in climbing?

I have memories of doing some trad seconding with a family friend when I was a kid, but I really got involved properly after joining the kids club at my local wall. I went on to do some junior competitions and took every opportunity to get outside bouldering with friends in the County.

Why do you like climbing?

Climbing is an incredible way to see the world, be in nature, and meet lots of wonderful people along the way. There’s something uniquely satisfying about moving well, and the problem-solving aspect allows for a perfect blend of physical and mental challenge.

What is your favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering has been my main focus for a long time, but I also love sport climbing. You get something a bit different from each type of climbing, and it’s great to be able to transition between the various styles depending on how you’re feeling and what your goals are.

What is your role?

I currently work with ClimbScotland as one of four Talent Coaches, to support the development of Scottish climbing athletes.

What made you want to work in climbing?

I was lucky to be involved in routesetting from an early age, which was probably my first hint that working in the climbing industry might be worth exploring. I’ve always enjoyed the community, and seeing the positive effects that climbing can have on people. Working in climbing is a great way of being at the heart of the community and to help it to grow, whether it’s through teaching others or setting blocs.

What do you like about working with the team?

The Talent Coach team is enthusiastic and positive, and I think we share similar ambitions and vision. I’m looking forward to continuing to bounce ideas off each other, and learning from each other’s experience and knowledge.

What are your main ambitions with your role?

My main ambition is to have a positive influence on the development of coaching pathways in Scotland. I’m keen for both current and future athletes to have the best support whether they want to apply their skills on rock or in competition.

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